Garden Experts Give Seeds of Wisdom

Posted on June 25, 2015

As part of Lakeside in Bloom, former First Lady of Ohio Hope Taft, former  Chief of Natural Areas & Preserves for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Guy Denny and award-winning English garden designer Amanda Patton will share their expertise in a series of lectures.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28 in Orchestra Hall, keynote speakers Taft and Denny will present “Painting Ohio in Broad Brushstrokes,” a lecture focusing on the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden in Columbus, Ohio.

Copies of Our First Family’s Home: The Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden will be on sale at the lecture. Following their lecture, Taft and Denny will sign copies of the book.

Taft served as First Lady of Ohio from 1999-2007, when she worked to transform the Governor’s Residence into a living museum, preserving the property’s heritage. This included creating the Ohio Heritage Garden, a botanical garden of native plants designed to replicate the major ecosystems throughout Ohio.

Today, Taft oversees the garden’s continued development and maintenance as chair of the Heritage Garden Committee of the Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden.

Denny is an interpretive naturalist, writer and photographer with a wealth of knowledge about Ohio’s natural history. He served as Chief of Natural Areas & Preserves for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 33 years before retiring in 1999. In this role, he managed the state’s natural areas and scenic rivers programs.

On Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., award-winning English garden designer Amanda Patton will explore naturalistic planting schemes and their application in a lecture series titled “Gardening as Landscape Painting: Toward a New Naturalism.”

Patton has created award-winning Show Gardens at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. She was a freelance illustrator for 20 years before turning to gardens 15 years ago. Her gardens have been featured in many books and magazines.